For the second (yes, the second) day in a row, I frequented one of my favorite places – Caffe Nero.
Last night, I came for a quick treat before church, and today I went to try and motivate myself to finish editing an essay.
In both instances, I got an Americano. In both instances, I bought my coffee having lost something first.
Sunday, I lost my loyalty card.
Monday, I lost my 10 pound note.
Did I mention I lost these things inside the cafe?
Before I continue, I think it’s important to mention that I’m not normally this clumsy or disorganized. In fact, I’d like to think I’m quite the opposite.
What had led me to losing both of these things on different occasions was my being proactive. While standing in line, I was preparing for the anticipated transaction, and in my hands was
a) my loyalty card and,
b) my exact change for the coffee.
I was ready to go, my regular order on the tip of my tongue. Then, when I got up to the counter, both times, I found that I was missing something rather important.
The first time it was my already 3-times stamped loyalty card, the second a whole ten pounds. I still had my change, but that was useless if I didn’t have the note to finish my payment.
Feeling defeated, I slumped over to a table downstairs and watched the people ordering and paying for their coffee with a skeptical eye.
Shamefully, I found myself thinking, “Is that really your loyalty card?” and “I don’t think that’s your 10 pounds.”
No matter what, I just couldn’t find it in myself to give up. I had to keep looking.
On Sunday, I found my loyalty card right at the edge of the counter somewhat blending into the tile beneath it.
On Monday, a kind lady got my attention after I alerted the barista to my dilemma, and said it was sitting in the popcorn basket.
In both situation, I had felt a slight bout of panic rise up within me. I had been trying to prepare myself for check-out to make life easier for both parties involved .If I had my exact change out and my loyalty card ready to go, we would all benefit a little.
What I didn’t account for was that I had far too much in my hands. This is never a good thing. For those of you who don’t know, my mind tends to whirl a million miles an hour. Some days I am okay at multi-tasking, but on all the days ending in “y,” it’s not really my thing.
Consider me just a little easy to distract.
So, when I was giving my order, which is slightly complicated anyway, and my mind was dwelling on who I saw yesterday and what I needed to do tonight, I failed to realized that I was dropping things along the way. That is, until I reached the register and found myself lacking.
Philippians 4:6-7 reads,
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
My complications did not arise from my preparation but from my desperation.
I was so intent upon hurrying the transaction (not in a rude or arrogant manner), that I actually added a vast deal more stress to the situation than was necessary.
Instead of just waiting in line that a normal human being, here I was struggling to finger through my wallet and find that last coin while also trying to hold onto two loyalty cards and cash and heaven knows what else.
I knew that inside of my wallet was my cash and my loyalty card. In my wallet, they were safe from my dropping them. But in my rush to get everything out before it was time, I almost ruined a perfectly good situation.
When we try to hurry God, brothers and sisters, or “help Him along,” we risk the chance of turning His blessings for us into burdens and His gifts into grudges. God has a time for everything, and His timing is perfect.
Period. End of sentence. God’s timing is absolutely, without a doubt, assuredly perfect.
Do not despise the wait, do not scramble to end this season of preparation. You see, what God has ordained will come to pass, but we have to trust Him with the scheduling.
Before I left for the cafe, I knew what change to pack so that when I was in line, I wouldn’t have to worry about it. Yet, here I was standing in line now panicking because I had lost two important things in a matter of 24-hours, in the same place, near the same time.
Today, I urge you not to be anxious, or impatient in anything.
Don’t rush that next job opportunity, that special relationship, graduation, etc. Whatever it is that you’re looking forward to, do not despise the here and the now. There’s a reason that God has not brought something to pass yet in your life, and we need to seek Him in the today as much as we seek Him in the tomorrow.
Do not worry. Pray. Sing praises of thanks to God, and share your heart with Him. But also pray your heart is open to whatever He might be trying to tell you, too.
Yesterday, I felt God impress on my spirit with the song ‘Good, Good Father,’ that if I truly believed God was a good Father that I would trust that He has my best interests at heart and that He loves me. And if I carry that truth, that I am loved by a good, good Father, into my daily life that I would walk in the trust and peace that comes with the knowledge that He is in control.
His delays are not His denials.
Good things come to those who wait on the Lord.
So, stop scrambling. Stop trying to figure everything out and learn to just be.
His timing is perfect. Should I repeat that again? HIS TIMING IS PERFECT!
Rest in that truth this Monday and prepare yourself for what is to come, but please don’t rush it.
As the Shulamite in Song of Solomon tells the young women not to awaken love until it is ready, so I encourage you today to wait on the Lord and embrace this special time with Him. Expect great things tomorrow by sowing great things today.